Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander users are warned that Lady of the Lake may contain images of deceased persons and images of places that could cause sorrow.
excerpt from Lady of the Lake, Aunty Iris’s story
Writer/director Richard Frankland
Produced by John Foss
Sponsored by The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission
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Lady of the Lake is the story of Gunditjmara Elder Aunty Iris Lovett-Gardiner and her life at Lake Condah in the western districts of Victoria. here Aunty Iris and Christina Saunders tells the story of Murderers Flat.
-Right through here, this area's heavy in culture to our people, to Iris as our sister and to individual families that grew up here. The area over there, we weren't allowed to go to, because of a big massacre. What they did, they brought him out of the stones, because they couldn't shoot at them, or kill them with clubs, and things like they did do. What they did, they brought them out of the stones with flour.
And my people were starving by then, because they couldn't do their natural hunting, because they were the hunted.
-So they gave them flour with arsenic in it. And then they shot the ones that they realized what was happening when people were dying.
-When they killed a person, they shot people. That was a massacre because those people were killed because they were the indigenous people of this area, and it was really only for a parcel of reasons that it happened. And we knew all about that. We knew that they were shot because of the land and the greed that was there. So what I say is you can never say how many people have been massacred-- and I'm saying massacred.
You could never say that, because individuals are shot.
-Yeah. If you take one area-- like I said, maybe 700 to 800-- well, that's only one area.
-So you could walk through here. There's probably the bones of our people lying over there around underneath that stone.
-And the thing is that when bodies appear in the mouth of the river-- are found-- that's an indication of people. We weren't allowed to go to these sites, because even though they were killed, and things like that, it was a sacred site to us, and the blood of their people were still on the ground there, and we couldn't walk over that.
And that's the way it is with aboriginal people. That's why we pay respect when we go to a cemetery.
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